In 2003, Dr. Bruce Wolf – an allergist in Nashville, TN -  began the arduous task of trying to understand the ways in which sample medication are used and disposed.  In conducting a review of his own practice’s sample usage, he discovered that over 30% of his sample medication went unused prior to expiration.  Dr. Wolf spent the next three years working with the local medical community to donate their unused samples to free clinics and pharmacies.

In 2007, having been inspired by the work of Dr. Wolf, a team from Saint Thomas Health drafted a business model that would aggregate medication from all over the country and distribute them to clinics and pharmacies serving the poor and uninsured throughout the United States and abroad.  Through the development of a unique and fully licensed supply chain process, we’ve been able to achieve the following milestones:

  • Collected and distributed tens of millions of dollars worth of pharmaceuticals for those most in need,
  • Built a network of over 1300 physicians who regularly donate medication to our programs,
  • Created a state-wide and inter-regional network of dispensing sites,
  • Built a proprietary software system to manage inventory, track patient access and ensure pharmaceutical pedigree,
  • Established a Strategic Council comprised of local, regional and national participants,
  • Delivered 20:1 return on investment to the community as well as alleviated significant bad debt levels for community hospitals.

After inspiring and influencing the Dispensary of Hope – its mission, progress, and strategic direction – Dr. Bruce Wolf has gone on to found Hope Beyond Hope - a non-profit organization founded in 2009 and dedicated to finding innovative solutions to maximize health care delivery for the less fortunate in the United States and the world by minimizing and redirecting waste of usable medication in our society.

As time continues, we look forward to extending the reach and impact the Dispensary of Hope makes in the lives and communities we serve – as well as supporting the many other organizations committed to meeting the medication needs of poor and vulnerable individuals around the world.